Thursday, July 24, 2008

Classic Rock Magazine ~ Prog Spawn

The latest issue of Classic Rock Magazine has a cover mounted CD devoted to new prog acts. The title and cover illustration of the disc is awful, but the music is uniformly excellent. A lot of it I have heard before, but it is gratifying to see this stuff get a wider exposure. It is just and right that acts like Big Big Train, Touchstone and Manning in particular have a forum like this to reach a much wider audience. They all deserve to be heard and hopefully pick up some converst on the way.

I was particularly impressed by the opening track by Mystery who appear to be a Canadian band. Haven’t heard them, but their “Travel To The Night” from their latest album was very tasty indeed. So need to check them out. I am not sure on the inclusion of Odin Dragonfly, the duo of Mostly Autumn’s Heather Findlay and Angela Gordon. This is nicely acoustic, but prog? Also, the very excellent No-Man have a track from their latest album here, but I wouldn’t class them as prog and I am surprised Steven Wilson approved the inclusion as he has in the past vocally distanced himself from the prog tag for his band Porcupine Tree. Maybe he is mellowing a bit.

A great little taster/compilation this and does indicate how strong prog rock is in the UK at the moment. But that title!!!


Blogger alcockrj said...

I'll be looking out for that magazine. There seems to be a prog special coming out every summer in recent years, which is great.

I had a listen to some No Man tracks but the music is too depressing for me. Depressing prog seems to be all the rage these days. I much prefer some happy stuff like Brother Ape.

All the best,

6:00 AM  
Blogger Barrie Sillars said...

No-Man depressing!!! Rob, I see where you are coming from, but I would say "melancholic". Maybe it's me, I am a miserable git anyway. Well, my wife says so. I love Peter Hammill and VdGG so No-Man are nothing on them! But I do love them. Their "Flowermouth" album is particularly wonderful. The opening track has Mel Collins and Robert Fripp on it.

Brother Ape, another newie on me! Will check that out as I have done all your recommendations. Haven't been disappointed yet.

If you want happy prog check out Sweden's Moon Safari.

10:40 AM  
Blogger alcockrj said...

I found the magazine in the shops and saw that it is not a Prog Special after all but just the usual magazine. I have 3 Prog Specials on my shelves but I was hoping for another so I could read the same information for a fourth time! Never mind, I'm sure they'll do another one.

Have you heard Black Bonzo's Sound of the Apocalypse? It's dynamic 70's-sounding stuff.

7:22 AM  

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